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News & Information

Weekly Updates

May 16, 2022

Happy Monday!

The driver training staff are participating in the Training Manager Course this week. Most staff will have limited availability throughout the week. Please be patient as we will return messages and emails as soon as possible. 

CDL Schools:
With the new rules, your ranges are subject to inspection. Ranges will be checked during program reviews every year as well. As a reminder, you are required to have a layout of your range and how each skill is set up on file at the school. You can refer to OAC 4501-7-02 (C) regarding the layout. 

Class D Schools:
Vehicle inspections are in full swing! Remember, the new policy requires all vehicles to be inspected prior to October 1st. If you do not have a program review this year, and you have less than 10 vehicles at your enterprise, you are required to attend a Vehicle Inspection Site. Please make sure you are looking at the scheduled Inspection Sites and contact the field staff in your area to schedule a timeslot. Do not miss the opportunity to attend a site near you!
A few reminders for vehicle inspections:

  • There is an updated Motor Vehicle Inspection List (DTO 0142) form. Make sure you are bringing the updated version with you for your vehicle inspections. 
  • If you are getting out of the vehicle during your inspection, do not stand in front or behind the vehicle! 
  • Make sure you are checking your instructor brakes! Not just during/before the inspection, but on a frequent basis!

Master Trainer:
Driver Training is looking for more volunteers to work with our office to assist with training during training manager courses and continuing educations. We have a Master Trainer Policy with more information on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Juvenile Remedial:
A JDIP Certification Course has been posted to the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx. The course is September 7 & 8, 2022. (different dates from last week's message!)

Have a great week!


May 9, 2022

We are welcoming the warmer weather to start the week!

CDL Schools:
Indeed is offering 500 scholarships for veterans to earn their CDL. The program is called Drive for 500. You can find information and the application process at www.transforce.com 

Class D & Disability Schools:
As a reminder, your lesson plans are required to be updated with the curriculum changes by May 31st. This also mean that the new curriculum needs to be implemented and taught at this time. 

Juvenile Remedial:
A JDIP certification course will be posted to the driver training website by the end of the week. The certification course will be September 13 and 14, 2022 in Columbus. Look for this information under CE/Training by Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!


May 2, 2022

Happy May! There is a lot going on in Driver Training! Please make sure you are keeping updated and asking questions if you need clarification!

All Schools:
Driver Training is updating those who provide virtual classroom for any program. Since DETS does not currently capture this data, please send your original approval email to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov showing that you are currently approved for virtual classroom. This will negate an application process later when the DETS re-write is complete. Driver Training will automatically add Virtual Classroom to your school license. 

CDL Schools:
The new rules are now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. Please make sure you are using the updated forms that are located on the driver training website.

Thank you for those who participated in the Open Forum! We have published a separate Bulletin Board message addressing some of the follow up items that were discussed during the forum.

Please also refer to the separate message regarding "Plan B" when it comes to applying for Restricted Instructors, Passenger and School Bus, as well as certificate orders. 

Class D, Online, and Disability Schools:
The new rules are now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. Please make sure you are using all updated forms on the driver training website (Physical form, Motor Vehicle Inspection List, etc.)

Thank you for those who participated in the Open Forum! We have published a separate Bulletin Board message addressing some of the follow up items that were discussed during the forum.

You should all have (or will be) received a new curriculum disc. Each enterprise will be receiving one copy for now, but are able to print multiple copies from the disc. The curriculum will be modified again in the coming months to incorporate Senate Bill 68 regarding Interactions with Peace Officers. If you have suggestions for updates for the current curriculum, please email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

The updated final examinations have been posted to DETS under your Documents tab. The answer key of the final exams on the curriculum disc has some incorrect answers. We have modified the answer key in the DETS version so they have the correct answers.

Since there is an updated curriculum, all schools need to update their lesson plans and/or online programs. These changes must be updated by May 31, 2022. Online companies are required to submit their changes to the Driver Training Program Office. Brick and mortar schools are required to implement and have the lesson plans on file at the school by May 31st.

Since there are new rules, the Basic Instructor Course needs to be updated through the Public Safety Training Campus. The course will not be available to anyone who tries to register after May 1st. Anyone already enrolled prior to May 1st will be able to complete the old course. While the new course is being developed, the Basic Instructor Course will be offered in-person. Registration details are on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Class D Schools:
There is a new training process for new instructors for those beginning training after May 1st! Please make sure you are using the updated training form on the driver training website. The training is the same amount of hours, but broken up differently to allow the schools to focus on the training topic their instructors will train the most. The new form is on the website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/instructors.aspx. Please contact Driver Training with any questions regarding the new process.

There have been some recent questions on the procedure for out of state students and accepting reciprocity from other states. The process for this is located in the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum in the Teacher Resource Guide. If you have any questions regarding the process, contact driver training.

Our office is beginning to receive complaints from truck drivers who are having driver education vehicles cutting in front of large trucks too close. Please reiterate sharing the road both in the classroom and during behind the wheel lessons. While we understand that students are learning and make mistakes, truck drivers should not have to slam on their brakes when driver education vehicles are changing lanes in front of them. Please make sure instructors are actively paying attention while instructing behind the wheel.   

Remedial Schools:
Your rules are also now in effect! You can access the new rules at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/laws.aspx. These rules incorporate Online Adult Remedial. These applications are now accepted through the Driver Training Program Office.

Trainings:
As a reminder, several continuing education opportunities have been posted to the driver training website. Please make sure you are keeping up to date with your continuing education and do not wait until the last minute!  

Have a great week!


April 25, 2022

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoyed the beautiful spring weather over the weekend!

Online Schools
As a reminder, you are still required to issue the Certificate of Enrollment until May 1, 2022. However, due to the upcoming rule change, brick and mortar schools may be requiring the Certificate of Completion prior to beginning any drives in preparation of the new rule and law. If you have any questions on this procedure, please contact the Driver Training Program Office.

Remedial Schools
Driver Training is starting a New School Orientation for all prospective Remedial Schools, as well as anyone who would like to be added as an Authorizing Official. This orientation will explain the rules and requirements and provide ample opportunity for questions to be clarified. Information and registration can be found on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx.

Upcoming Trainings & Continuing Educations
The Spring Training Manager Course is full! Please check the driver training website for future Training Manager Course opportunities.

Driver Training is excited to announce a Training Manager Refresher Course! Many existing Training Managers who have been licensed for a number of years have requested to have an update or refresher to what is new and have changed. This is a 1.5 day course held in Columbus where Class D and CDL Training Managers will receive an update on rules, management tips, assessments, and much more! Please visit the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx for registration and information. 
There have also been several Class D and CDL continuing education opportunities posted to the website. Please visit the same link for dates and location information. 

Open Forums
As a reminder, Driver Training Staff will be in the Open Forum sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Please be patient with communication as we will be unavailable during the beginning of the week. 


April 18, 2022

Happy Monday!
Driver Training would like to welcome their newest member, Cara Walker! Cara is joining Driver Training as an Administrative Professional. Please be patient with her as she learns the different driver training programs.

CDL Schools
There is ONE available spot for the upcoming Spring Training Manager Course. Registration deadline is this Friday, April 22nd. Please visit the driver training website for information and registration.

If you are struggling with ELDT or the TPR, you can visit the FMCSA Training Provider Registry for information. There is also a YouTube video – New Training Requirements for Entry-Level CDL Drivers.

If you are attending the Open Forum next week, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Rules
OAC chapter 4501-7 (CDL, Class D, Online, Disability) and OAC chapter 4501-7 (Adult Remedial, JDIP, and Advanced JDIP) have been final filed. The final versions of the rules were published to the Bulletin Board and the News & Information section of the driver training website on April 15, 2022. The final version of the rules will be published to the Laws & Rules portion of the website on May 1st, which is the date of implementation for both chapters.

Resources
ODOT has provided Driver Training with several resources that will be in the updated Class D Ohio Driver Training Curriculum. Our office also wanted to make these resources available to you now.

Fact Sheets:

Videos:


April 11, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
When sending the Department any documents, please make sure they are attachments and not links (Google docs, Drop Box, etc.) We are unable to open links that obtain downloadable documents. 

Open Forums
TODAY is the last day to register for the Class D, Online, Disability and CDL Open Forums! Please visit our website and register if you have not already done so. Registrations will not be accepted after today, as we have to register attendees with ODOT in advance. 

Have a great week!


April 4, 2022

Happy April!

Class D, Disability, and Online Schools:
Another reminder for the upcoming Open Forum! The deadline is quickly approaching (next Monday) for the Open Forum on April 26th. Anyone is invited to this - instructors, Training Managers, Authorizing Officials, Business Owners, secretaries - anyone associated with the driving school needs to be keeping up on the rules. Please make sure you visit the Driver Training website and register.

CDL Schools:
Great job registering for the Open Forum on April 25th! There is a week left to register if you have not already done so. Again, anyone is invited to this - instructors, Training Managers, Authorizing Officials, Business Owners, secretaries, anyone!

April 22, 2022 is the deadline to register for the Spring Training Manager course. There are 5 CDL spots available.

Class D Schools:
In order to prepare for your Program Reviews, there is a checklist on the driver training website, or you can pull your old review from your DETS access. We are getting several schools who are asking how to prepare for the review. This information is readily available. 

All Schools:
The next quarterly Round Tables have been posted to the Driver Training website! Please visit click here to register . Registrations must be received prior to the registration deadline. 
Class D, Online, Disability - May 23, 2022
Abbreviated Adult - May 24, 2022
CDL - June 8, 2022
Remedial - July 12, 2022

Have a great week!!


March 28, 2022

Happy Monday!

Class D Schools:
The public comment period for the drafted ODE curriculum regarding what to do when you get pulled over has been extended. You can review the curriculum and make public comment now through April 4, 2022. You can find the drafted curriculum and further information at https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Peace-Officer-Curriculum

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) hearing on Chapter 4501-7 has been cancelled for March 29, 2022. Further information on the rules will be relayed as we final file with JCARR. 

CDL Schools:
Driver Training is still looking for additional volunteers to assist in creating a rubric for determining proficiency. The working group will meet virtually, so no travel will be required. If you are interested, please email Driver Training at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Remedial Schools:
The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) hearing on Chapter 4501-21 has been cancelled for March 29, 2022. Further information on the rules will be relayed as we final file with JCARR.


March 21, 2022

Good Monday!

All Schools
Changes with electronic payments in DETS - Grant Street is making changes to prevent customers from entering in the invalid bank routing or account numbers. If the numbers are incorrect, an error will appear and require the customer to correct the information or enter another form of payment. This will reduce the collection notices for those who accidentally enter in the incorrect information. This will go into effect sometime between March 18th and March 21st.

Resources - ODOT has some videos available on their website discussing the newest types of intersections and streets. These are free and available through their YouTube channel. Make sure you download the videos if you want to use them in your classes.

CDL
Open Forum - Sign up to attend the Open Forum on April 25, 2022. This forum will discuss the changes in the rules (OAC 4501-7) and a representative from FMCSA will be available in the morning to discuss ELDT changes on the federal level. The registration form is available on drivertraining.ohio.gov under the link "CE/Training". CE credit will be provided for those who attend the full session. Exact credit hours are to be determined.

Two new Basic Instructor Courses have been added to the driver training website. You can visit the CE/Training link to register. 

There are five available spaces for CDL candidates in the Spring Training Manager Course. You can visit the driver training website under CE/Training to register. 

Class D, Online, Disability
Open Forum - Sign up to attend the Open Forum on April 26, 2022. This forum will discuss the changes in the rules (OAC 4501-7). The registration form is available on drivertraining.ohio.gov under the link "CE/Training". CE credit will be provided for those who attend the full session. Exact credit hours are to be determined.

As a reminder, Motor Vehicle Inspection sites are posted to the driver training website. Schools who do not have a program review this year are required to sign up for an inspection site. 

Senate Bill 68 was passed last year, requiring the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to write a curriculum on what to do when you get pulled over. This curriculum will be given to high schoolers throughout their 4 years of high school.

Part of this Senate Bill requires the Ohio Department of Public Safety (Driver Training) to align the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum with the curriculum developed by ODE. Driver Training has been working with ODE and will make the necessary updates once their curriculum is finalized. 
The drafted ODE curriculum is complete and is open for public comment. You can review the curriculum and make public comment by March 28, 2022. You can find the drafted curriculum and further information at https://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/March-14-2022/Seeking-comment-on-model-curriculum-for-instructio.


March 14, 2022

Hello!

CDL Schools:
Driver Training would like to put together a universal rubric to assist with the driving assessment. This would assist new instructors and schools in assessing proficiency. In order to accomplish this, we would need subject matter experts from the CDL schools to assist. If you would be willing to work with the Department on creating this document, please email Driver Training at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Remedial Schools:
As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the remedial schools to keep remedial instructors in compliance. Part of this is pulling the background checks. Our office is starting to see several violations where the background checks are not being pulled for the instructors. 

Open Forums:
As a reminder, we have two Open Forums posted to our website to review OAC 4501-7. You have to register before April 11, 2022 in order to attend. Registration information can be found on the driver training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/training.aspx

Have a great week! 


March 7, 2022

Good Monday!

CDL
ELDT Update - The FMCSA regulations allow for online education for students. However, Ohio does not currently provide for online in place of the traditional classroom or virtual classroom. We are reviewing our regulations and working on a stop gap measure for those students who would like to complete online and then obtain the range and road training from the driving schools. Once we have a measure in place, we will advise. In the meantime, we cannot accept online training.

An in-person Open Forum has been scheduled on April 25, 2022 to go over the changes of OAC 4501-7 in detail. Please visit the driver training website under CE/Training for registration information. 

ALL SCHOOLS
Applications - we continue to receive paper applications for instructors and enterprises. The paper applications are only used for instances where the DETS application process does not allow the application. All schools and instructors should be creating and submitting applications through DETS. We will advise if and when a paper application is appropriate. 
Our office is continuing to work on developing a better DETS to address the issues and constraints we have with applications and document uploads. Please be patient and work with us as this project is in the works.

Vehicle Insurance - if you are required to maintain vehicle insurance for your program, please be aware that medical payments shall be listed under the vehicle coverage section. Medical payments listed under the general aggregate coverage does not include the vehicles.  

CLASS D, ONLINE, DISABILITY
Do you have any resources on best practices for teaching maneuverability? Driver Training is looking for resources to utilize different methods to train on maneuverability. If you have something you are willing to share, please send it to our office drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

An in-person Open Forum has been scheduled on April 26, 2022 to go over the changes of OAC 4501-7 in detail. Please visit the driver training website under CE/Training for registration information.


February 28, 2022

Happy last day of February!

CDL Schools:
Please be advised that students being entered on the TPR website will need two separate entries. One for the theory; one for the behind-the-wheel. Information has been posted to our website under News & Information for the registration process. 

All Schools:
As a reminder, electronic records are permitted by rule. They must be stored securely in the office or in an offsite data center. The transmission of records must be encrypted. The Department has to have access during program reviews and the records need to be distinguishable. 

Class D, Online, Disability, & CDL Schools:
Driver Training will be hosting Open Forums to fully go through the rules and changes. Please continue to watch our website and Weekly Updates for further information. 

Resources:
Driver Training will be happy to post any identified resources that can be shared to our Weekly Updates. The following supplemental resources were brought to our attention during last week's Round Table meetings:

  • Video resource from Montgomery, Ohio about Roundabouts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZItjsbgkls
  • For those working with ESL (English as a Second Language) or non-English speaking students, some schools have found success in communication behind the wheel by using hand signals, such as ASL (American Sign Language). You may benefit learning and using these signals with your students.

Have a great week!


February 22, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

Training:
The continuing education policy and list of suggested topics have been updated. You can find this information on our website under CE/Training. 

Class D Schools & Class D Online:
The first scheduled Round Table is tomorrow. If you registered within the deadline, you should have received a link to attend tomorrow’s meeting. If you missed the registration deadline, we will post the notes to the driver training website under News & Information.  

Abbreviated Adult & Abbreviated Adult Online:
Your Round Table is scheduled for Friday. You should have also received a link to attend that meeting. If you missed the registration deadline, we will post the notes to the driver training website under News & Information.

Have a great week!


February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day!

Class D & CDL Schools:
Hopefully you have seen in our previous message that OAC 4501-7 has been filed! There is a copy of the proposed rules, as well as information regarding the public hearing on our website under News & Information. 

Remedial Schools:
Your rules have also been filed for the five year rule review. A copy of the proposed rules for OAC 4501-21 and public hearing information is also on our website. 

Class D Schools:
The Motor Vehicle Regional Inspection Sites have been posted to the website under Enterprises/Schools. You need to contact the field staff in your region to schedule. Refer to the Inspection Policy, as those who do not have a Program Review this year must have their vehicles inspected before October 1st. 

All Schools:
As a reminder, schools who have a potential instructor who has a conviction on a background check, there is a Criminal Conviction Determination Request process where a school can submit an application and supporting documentation to receive a determination prior to submitting an application. Information and the application can be found on our website under Instructors.

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, February 21, 2022 in observance of Presidents' Day. 

Have a great week!


February 7, 2022

Happy Monday!

We hope everyone was able to stay safe with the winter storms that came through last week. 

Remedial Schools:
As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the Authorizing Official to obtain annual abstracts to check your instructors' eligibility. Not only should you be meeting the requirements of the rule, you should also be checking with your curriculum provider to make sure you are meeting their requirements, as they may have further requirements to stay certified. 

CDL Schools:
It is officially February 7, 2022, which means ELDT is here! Since ELDT and the new rules will soon be in effect, this is a reminder to look over your lesson plans to make sure they include Traffic Laws, PUCO, and Human Trafficking. If you are using the JJ Keller curriculum, all other required topics are included. 

Class D Schools:
Ohio BMV Third Party Testing Update: Thank you again to all the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in the pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test. The Ohio BMV is no longer accepting requests to participate at this time. Please note third party entities will be eligible to provide class-D testing after the pilot program is complete. The anticipated timeline for the pilot program is 6 to 12 months. For the individuals who communicated interest by the deadline (September 6, 2021), an invitation for an informational session was recently sent via email. Please contact Damon Morris at dlmorris@dps.ohio.gov for BMV Pilot Program questions.

Trainings: There are currently three Training Manager Course opportunities that have been posted to the driver training website. Please be advised, the spring course is being limited to two registrations per enterprise. In order to be registered, both registration and payment must be received. Please contact the Driver Training Program Office with any questions. 


January 31, 2022

Good Monday!

Upcoming Training
There are two CDL Basic Instructor Courses scheduled; one for February and one for March. Check the website for registration information.

The 2022 training manager courses will be posted within the next couple weeks. Watch for the dates on the website and the Bulletin Board for more information.

Vehicles
Vehicle Inspection Dates will be posted within the next couple of weeks. Plan ahead, as all vehicles (not being inspected this year during a regularly scheduled program review) are required to be inspected by October 1st.

*A change for this year's vehicle inspections, please contact the field staff representative for your area directly to schedule the inspection. Once again, those dates, times, and locations will be published within the next couple of weeks. Only call to schedule once those sites have been published.

Resources
Our office is currently working on providing a list of videos and resources that need updated. We need your help in identifying what resources are needed to support your classes. You can email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov with your ideas and we will add those to our list. Please understand that every idea proposed may not be addressed as we are working with limited resources. However, we will keep you updated as we progress with updating the resources.

Probationary Instructors
Reminder, the rules require the probationary assessments be completed and sent in one month before the actual end date. Scan and email the assessments to our office for timely processing. Sending in assessments at the last moment does not guarantee your instructor will pass when scheduled. 

Class D
BMV Pilot Program Update: Thank you to all the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test. The Ohio BMV is currently developing the standards for participation and intends to follow-up with all interested participants. The next steps will include discussions regarding the proposed standards and an opportunity for input from interested parties. If your organization has expressed interested, it will receive updates from Ohio BMV staff. At this time, we anticipate an invitation for an informational session to be sent in the coming weeks.  Contact Damon Morris at dlmorris@dps.ohio.gov  for BMV Pilot Program questions.


January 24, 2022

Sexual Harassment Prevention Course
Those who recently have been unable to locate and enroll in the 2022 Sexual Harassment Prevention Course, it is now open and available to everyone. You will need to enroll in the course under the 'Courses' tab. Do not take the previous year's course. It will not count for 2022. If you have issues, please contact drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

For new people enrolling in the Public Safety Training Campus, make sure you select Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) as the agency you are enrolling under.”


January 18, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

As we are sure you are all aware, yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Driver Training Program Office was closed. Thank you for your patience as we are returning messages today.

All Schools:
Some of the renewal licenses have been delayed with a printing issue. As long as you received the system generated email stating your renewal is approved, your school/instructors are fine to continue operation. We will get licenses out to you as soon as possible.

If you have submitted Material Order forms to our office within the last couple months, those orders will be filled soon. Please continue submitting this form for any requested items.

As a reminder, if you would like to teach virtual classes and have not been previously approved, you need to submit a proposal to our office. We will send you an approval email once it is reviewed.

That proposal shall include the following information:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

January 10, 2022

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
As a reminder, even though the holidays are over, our office continues to have limited staffing (like many places). Email is best and fastest for communication, but if you need to call, please leave a message. Calling back to back will not get a response faster; we will respond as soon as possible. 

All schools with probationary instructors should check the status of your instructor(s) in DETS. Some probationary instructors were inadvertently deactivated during the renewal process. If you have an instructor who was deactivated and shouldn't be, please email JoAnne at jmproehl@dps.ohio.gov

New location applications need to be submitted to the Driver Training Program Office, not the field staff. The field staff will inspect once the DT office gives approval to inspect. Going directly through the field staff will not get an inspection earlier. 

CDL:
There is a Basic Instructor Course scheduled for Wednesday, January 12th. We have limited enrollment, so if you have someone who you would like to attend, please send their registration asap. 

Be on the lookout for an email from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for loan/grant opportunities for your students. 

Reminder, the TPR is available to the public. Consider registering your school soon if you have not already done so. 

Have a wonderful week! 


January 3, 2022

Good Monday!

A few updates for this week:

All Schools:
Certificates of completion: You are still able to use available certificates from batches you purchased in previous years. Enter in the previous year and click search. Your batches will list and you can use them until you need to purchase more.

Renewals: Those schools who did not fully renew, your licenses and/or certifications are expired. Please contact our office for the requirements to complete your renewal. For those schools that submitted last minute, your items will be reviewed as quickly as possible.

Happy 2022 everyone! Let's start this year off focused on efforts to reduce crashes and fatalities. 

 "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela


December 27, 2021

Good Monday!

Hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season.

Reminder: 
Our office will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021. All renewals need to be completed by December 30th. If you have not yet received an email indicating you have been approved, please check and make sure all items for the renewals was received.


December 20, 2021

Good Monday!

Staffing:
The holiday season starts this week. The Driver Training Staff will be limited. If you need to reach us immediately, email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. We are able to respond to emails quicker than phone calls. The staff will be unavailable December 23, 24, and December 31. 

Renewals:
2021 Licenses and certifications expire on December 31, 2021. In order to successfully renew, all of the renewal requirements shall be met. 
Since our staff will not be in on December 31st, the renewal shall be completed by December 29. This will provide us time on the 30th to review and respond to any last minute concerns.

If you are trying to upload documents and receive an error, please let our office know and you can email in the remaining items. We will ask that you provide us with a screenshot of the error to forward on to our IT team.

Upcoming CDL Basic Instructor Course(BIC)
We are hosting a CDL Basic Instructor Course in January. Visit the driver training website under 'CE/Trainings' for further information and to register. 

We wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. 


December 13, 2021

Good Monday!

All Schools
Another reminder – renewals must be complete prior to December 31, 2021 in order for you to continue operation on January 1, 2022. Keep in mind, December 31st is an observed holiday, so no one in the Driver Training Program Office will be available to process last minute renewal requirements. Our office needs time to be able to look through everything. 

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed December 23-26, 2021 to observe the holiday. 

Online – Class D and abbreviated adult online 
Contracts 

  • The contracts for the 24-hour online program have to include that the "24 hours of instruction is based on the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum".
  • The contracts for the 4 hour abbreviated adult course have to include that the "4 hours of instruction is based upon the Abbreviated Adult Course Curriculum".

Please review your contracts and ensure the appropriate language is included. You can refer to Ohio Administrative Codes 4501-7-12 & 4501-8-11.

Have a great week!


December 6, 2021

Happy December!

Most of you have met the renewal deadline! Remember, meeting the deadline does not complete your renewal. Please make sure you complete everything on the appropriate checklist. You will receive a system automated email when your renewal is approved. 

As a reminder, our office has very limited staffing during the holiday season. You do not need to call back to back. Please leave a message and we will return calls as soon as possible. Email is always a faster response time. 

Have a wonderful week!


November 29, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All Schools:
TOMORROW is the Renewal deadline! Please make sure you have clicked "renew" and initiated your renewal to avoid being an original application!

Class D Schools:
Some students have recently been issued credit letters from Ruth's Driving Academy. Credit letters come from our office and are given directly to the parent to take to another driving school to complete the training. Please accept these letters (on Department letterhead and signed by Valerie) and keep a copy in the student's file. If you have any questions regarding this process, please email our office. 

Have a great week!


November 22, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Reminder, our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday due to the holiday. 

Another renewal reminder! Renewal deadline is quickly approaching. Make sure you initiate your renewal before the November 30th deadline. Also, please remember instructor and enterprise applications have a slower processing time during the renewal season. We will get to applications as soon as possible. 

CDL Schools:
For those who have not signed up on the TPR website, you may want to do so very soon with the new year approaching. Information regarding TPR is on the driver training website under News & Information. 

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, & CDL Schools:
Our office is starting to get calls regarding Training Manager assessments. All Training Managers need to be assessed annually by another Training Manager. If you do not have more than one Training Manager at your school, you can utilize a neighboring Training Manager to perform your assessment or contact a Driver Training Field Staff Representative to perform your assessment. 

As a reminder, lesson plans are required to be submitted along with probationary assessments. We seem to be getting a lot of assessments without the appropriate supporting documentation. 

Also, please make sure you are referring to our Continuing Education Policy when submitting a continuing education course for pre-approval. As you are aware, our office is already short-handed (like most places). The policy asks for a month to give us time to review the documentation. 

Our office is grateful for our schools and instructors who continue striving to keep Ohio's roads safe! Have a wonderful and safe holiday! 


November 15, 2021

Good Monday!

All Instructors:
Traffic Convictions: With all the new laws and updates on distracted driving, this is now considered a moving violation. If a driver is convicted of section 4511.991 (distracted driving), this is considered a moving violation. There are multiple possible distracted driving offenses listed in 4511. To find what is considered a moving violation visit https://www.bmv.ohio.gov/government.aspx. While they are not pointed offenses, they are moving violations and do count towards the rules reporting requirements and total number of convictions on a driving record.

Renewals:
Due to issues with DETS, please include proof of payment with your renewals. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Class D:
BMV Pilot Program Update: Thank you to all the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test. The Ohio BMV is currently developing the standards for participation and intends to follow-up with all interested participants. The next steps will include discussions regarding the proposed standards and an opportunity for input from interested parties. If your organization has expressed interested, it will receive an invitation email from an Ohio BMV representative in the coming weeks. Please contact Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov  for BMV Pilot Program questions. 


November 8, 2021

Happy Monday!

All Schools:
As a reminder, we are in full swing with renewal period. Please be patient in trying to contact our office. We will return calls and messages as soon as possible.

Speaking of Renewals!
We have had many schools ask about the Attestation of Compliance. This is only for online providers who are licensed to offer online driver education in Ohio. This does not apply to any other school nor any school with an affiliation with a licensed online provider. Check the list you are pulling to make sure it pertains to your licenses or certifications only. We have also had many upload documents that need emailed. Read the directions and upload only the documents required for uploading. Email the other documents in to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

The Driver Training Program Office will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in observance of Veteran's Day. On November 12, 2021, we will be short staffed and unavailable. Please email the office for any inquiry.

The material order form on the driver training website has been updated. Please make sure you are using the most up to date version, as we delete the materials that are no longer available. 

Class D & Abbreviated Adult Schools:
There has been an updated version of the Instructor Log Book posted to the driver training website. The new form captures the license plate number of the vehicle driven. Please contact driver training with any questions.

CDL Schools:
The TPR website is open and your school can obtain access credentials. Visit the driver training website under News & Info > CDL ELDT Updates for more information. 

CDL Vehicle Inspection Decals - Schools have advised that some vehicles were not issued the CVSA decals. Please contact our office immediately if your vehicles passed inspection and should have received a CVSA decal. We will work to get those issued. When scheduling for your vehicle inspections, advise the units how many vehicles you have so they can plan for the appropriate number of decals.

Have a great week!


November 1, 2021

Good Monday All!

All Schools
Renewals: renewals have started. Please read through the Read First letter and pull the appropriate list to renew your program(s). The deadline for renewals is November 30, 2021. 

Public Safety Training Campus: The Public Safety Training Campus is now live with the updates. Here are some tips to access the updated site:

  1. Clear any previously saved link from your computers, laptops, or devices;
  2. Clear your cache and cookies;
  3. Access the link from the Driver Training website for the first time. The link is updated.

Moving to a New Location or Adding a New Location? Make sure your new location is properly set up with the following requirements:

  • tables and chairs for all students
  • audio/visual equipment
  • space adequate for your instructor
  • all educational materials needed for the lessons

Our office will require these items to inspect and pass the new location. Make sure you are ready for when we show up!

CDL Schools
Basic Instructor Course: There are only two classes scheduled for the remainder of 2021; one on November 17th and the last class on December 8th. Get your prospective CDL instructors registered quickly. You can find the information under the 'CE/Training link on the Driver Training website. 

Class D and abbreviated adult
Highway Patrol Inspection decals: remove the old decals from the vehicles. Decals have not been issued for two years and need to be pulled off of the windshields.

Have a great week!


October 25, 2021

Good Monday Morning All!

All Schools
As a reminder, Julia Tipple is no longer working with Driver Training. Please do not email her directly. A Message from Julia:

Dear Owners, Authorizing Officials, Training Managers, Instructors, and Beyond,
I want to thank each and every one of you that I have had the pleasure of getting to know and speak with (via phone, email, virtual meetings, or trainings) in my almost three years here at Driver Training. I have learned so much from all of you, not just about driver training and safety, but also about the value of hard work and perseverance. The businesses you run and the students you teach are lucky to have each and every one of you looking out for them. I can genuinely say I will miss working with this amazing group of people. I will continue to use the lessons I have learned in both my personal and professional life, and I truly appreciate all you have done for me over the years. As always, thank you for keeping Ohio's roadways safer!

Renewal Reminder: Please make sure you are pulling the correct checklists that pertain to your training program. This will clarify a lot of questions that our office is receiving. 


October 18, 2021

Good Monday!

All Schools
October 15th kicked off the 2022 renewals. Here are a few things to remember:

  • The deadline to click renew is November 30
  • Review all items in DETS to ensure the information is updated, this includes vehicle inspections, financial responsibility information, etc.

Deleting DL/ID resource - the card sent out to any school regarding the upcoming compliance with the new driver's license or state ID is being recycled. There have been some changes to the date for which all Ohioans need to be compliant. The card is outdated. You may access the most current version and RAQs about the requirement on the BMV's website at https://bmv.ohio.gov/dl-real-id.aspx

Class D/Adult Remedial
Organ Donation - For those schools providing instruction on the topic of organ donation, there are additional resources you can obtain through your regional service centers. The employees are also willing to provide instruction in your classes if you choose. The contacts and regions are here.

CDL Schools
If you are not subscribed or accessing resources through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, please read through the latest issue of the Guardian. The article on "Legalized Medical Marijuana, CBD Products and Recreational Marijuana" is a good read and provides insight for employers, drivers, and prospective drivers on the use of marijuana in the trucking industry. You can access the edition at https://www.cvsa.org/guardian-magazine/

Office Update:
Friday, October 22, 2021 will be Julia's last day with our office. She is taking a promotion with the BMV. We wish her well with her new endeavor but that also means she will no longer be responding to driver training inquiries. Her duties will be spread out to the remaining staff. Please be patient with us as we try to fill the spot and juggle her duties also. We will do our best to continue providing assistance and support for your questions and needs.

Please make sure you send any emails to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov if you need anything. 


October 12, 2021

Good Tuesday Afternoon!

All Schools:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upgrade to the Public Safety Training Campus (PSTC) has been delayed and is rescheduled to occur on October 28, 2021.

What this means:

  1. You will have access to the PSTC on October 11 through October 14, 2021.
  2. Access to the PSTC will be restricted at noon on October 25, 2021, at which time, all student profiles, course records, and transcripts will be transferred to the upgraded platform.
  3. Access to the PSTC will be reinstated on October 28, 2021.

The renewal period opens this week! On Friday, October 15, 2021, you will see a new tab appear in DETS titled "Renewal". Here, you will find the instructions sheet that you will need to READ FIRST. You will then pull the appropriate checklist(s) to see the renewal requirements. Please make sure you are following instructions! Our office spends a lot of time redirecting schools to delete items in DETS or send items into the office when it is instructed on the checklists.

Class D Schools:
The department needs one more larger school (1,501 - 3,000+ students per year) for the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive virtual driving assessment pilot. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, October 13, 2021. The application is here.

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The Microsoft Teams invitation for October 25, 2021 to review the JDIP curriculum has been sent to those who indicated interest. If you did not receive it, please contact the Driver Training Program Office.

Have a great week!


October 4, 2021

Good Monday all!

All Schools:
The Public Safety Training Campus will be down from October 11-13, 2021. The department is upgrading the training campus. On October 14th, you will notice some changes and find it easier to navigate. Your current logins will transfer over to the new platform.

CDL:
The training manager course hosted this October/November has 1 more opening. Please register quickly if you are interested. Registration will remain open for one additional week and close on October 8, 2021 for this last spot. You can find the details on our website at drivertraining.ohio.gov and click on CE/Training.

Class D/Abbreviated Adult:
There is some confusion in the field as to when is it allowed to step outside a vehicle while training. Reminder that if you are training a student in maneuverability, you may exit the vehicle and train from outside the car, if the following applies:

  1.  You are within hearing distance and can still maintain oversight over the student. 
  2.  You are on a range. The definition of range is a closed course that does not allow other traffic to pass through. If you are not on this type of range, exiting the vehicle is not an option.

Class D:
If you are interested in participating in the second phase of the Ohio - Ready, Test, Drive (Virtual Driving Assessment) pilot, and receive some reimbursement for proctoring the assessment, please see the details in the Bulletin Board announcement from Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The department has 2 openings for smaller schools (up to 750 students), 1 opening for a medium school (up to 1,500 students) and 4 openings for large schools (1,501+ students).

Juvenile Remedial (JDIP):
The department is reviewing the Juvenile Driver Improvement Provider curriculum. You should have received an email to invite for October 25, 2021. The virtual meeting will be focused on updating content and receiving feedback from the current providers.


September 27, 2021

Happy Monday everyone!

Class D -

Certificate of Completion - The new law passed for those who take and fail their first attempt at the driving test, and are 18 years of age and older, they are able to waive the abbreviated adult course if they can present proof of valid driver's education and training. The training shall have been completed within one year prior to the test failure. Valid education and training is considered a program already approved by the department. This also means that a student, 18 years of age and older, may opt to take the full driver education course. If this is the case, the certificates of completion used for the 15-17 year old students may be issued to those older. This will also assist the driver exam stations in determining if the course is valid.

Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) - if you read through the proposed rules, the department has withdrawn the virtual driving assessment requirement. The department is pursuing a second phase of the pilot with twelve driver training schools on a voluntary basis for one year. Additional information regarding the details of the second phase will be forthcoming. Please be patient as we work through the final details before releasing the information.

Online -

Enrollment Certificates - As a reminder, enrollment certificates are still required to be mailed to students under our rules. The rule which will eliminate the need for enrollment certificates is coming, but has not yet gone into effect. Please make sure all students are still receiving both certificates for their records.

CDL -

Training Manager Course - There is one spot remaining for CDL at our Fall Training Manager Course at Cuyahoga Community College. For more information and registration please visit drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Basic Instructor Course - The newest Basic Instructor Course for CDL Instructors has been posted to the Driver Training website under CE & Training. The course will be held October 20, 2021 at Swift Driving Academy in Columbus. Please register your instructors as soon as possible.

All Schools -

Rules Comments - As a reminder Chapter 4501-7 and Chapter 4501-21 drafts are both currently posted for commentary until Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Please review the information posted on our website under News & Information, Rules and send commentary to rules@dps.ohio.gov and carbon copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 20, 2021

Good Monday to everyone.

Please read the following announcements as there are quite a few important updates:

All Schools
Program Reviews - For schools who would like to prepare for a Program Review, there are checklists available on the driver training website at drivertraining.ohio.gov, click on schools/enterprises and under your prospective program. The provided checklists include everything the field staff reviews during their visit.

Teen Driver Safety Week starting October 17, 2021 - The week of October 17 is Teen Driver Safety week. The Ohio Department of Public Safety will be posting safety reminders for teens and parents during this week through multiple social media avenues. We would also like to highlight some activities happening in and around Ohio centered on teen driver safety. If your school or instructors are participating in or hosting local events, please contact our office with the information and we will share them during the week of the 17th.

BMV Update - Please advise students and parents that the BMV is no longer scheduling driver examination tests by phone. For their convenience, driver exams can be scheduled online through BMV Online Services:

The BMV’s new, updated website is a quick and easy way to secure a driver exam date.

Class D, Disability, & CDL schools
In December 2019, the Driver Training Program Office was audited by the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE). The findings of this audit indicated Ohio needed to look into the levels of trainers that are established. We already have instructors, who are trained by Training Managers, but who trains the Training Managers?

Our office has since developed the role of a Master Trainer. Like the National Standards, this creates a tiered program where we have Master Trainers > Training Managers > Instructors.

The newly developed Master Trainer Committee is a group of volunteers who assist the Department in trainings, development of courses, and provide professional insight into training requirements. This is not a licensure; it is a voluntary time commitment. In order to become a Master Trainer, there is an established policy that includes qualifications and pre-requisites. Please see the attached policy. Each person shall meet the requirements established to participate.

If being a master trainer is not a possibility at this time for you but you wish to participate, there is an additional opportunity to be a Specialist Advisory Member (SAM). A SAM is someone who specializes in specific areas related to training and management but who does not meet all qualifications at this time.

The opportunity to work with the Master Trainer Committee is open to everyone. Please be advised that the current established committee will be involved in the review and determination process of potential candidates of the Master Trainer Committee.

See our Master Trainer Committee Policy. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please send your cover letter and resume to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov . Feel free to contact the Driver Training Program Office with any questions.


September 13, 2021

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Reminder: Renewal season is fast approaching. Renewals are set to begin on October 15th, 2021 and will run until December 31st, 2021 as usual. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Class D and CDL Schools
Reminder: All "Student Driver" signs must be on the front and rear of the vehicle, at least three inches in height, and contrasting in color to the vehicle. However, the "Student Driver" sign may not be located on the front or back windshield of the vehicle. If the student driver sign is located on the front or back windshield our field staff will fail the vehicle for non-compliance. Please email us with any questions at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


September 7, 2021

Good morning all!

We hope everyone had a safe and delightful Labor Day!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
FMCSA has developed an interactive Q&A to address training providers’ most frequently asked questions about registration. The course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and covers topics such as: General/Self-certification, Login.gov, Registering Training Providers, Registering Locations, Registering Multiple Locations, Instructors, and State Requirements. Please visit the following link to access the Q&A: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/content/Resources/registration-Q-and-A/story.html

All Schools:
Certificate orders - electronic payment
A quick reminder for those making electronic payments - make sure you progress through the payment screens sequentially. Please do not use the back option in your browser, if you made an error in the information. This affects the ability for the system to link payment and issue a batch of certificates. It will take the payment but will not issue the certificates. Review all information before clicking next to avoid any mistype or inaccurate entry of information. 

Stacey Thompson will be out of the office starting September 7th until September 14th. If you need immediate assistance please contact the Driver Training Program Office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If your school has elected to release a student from their contract before they are completed, please make sure to send the records to our office first, and then let the parent know to contact us. This streamlines the process and allows us to transfer students without having to wait on a request for records to be filled.

Those wanting to file a proposal for virtual classroom must submit the following criteria:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

Class D Schools
Since we are receiving an influx of calls, the office wanted to let you know that there are several courses being offered that we are allowing Training Managers to take for continuing education credit this year. Posted so far on the website are:

  • September 18 in St. Clairsville
  • October 2 in Liberty Township
  • October 16 in Cuyahoga County 

We are also allowing Training Managers to complete the ADED course and the Capabilities CE under the Disabilities heading for credit. Or, you have the option of finding an online course on your own and having it pre-approved. Please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Lastly, the field staff would like to remind everyone there are three remaining MVI Regional Locations left for the year. If you have not yet completed your vehicle inspections and do not have a program review scheduled, please schedule at one of these sites. Site information can be found on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under Enterprises/Schools, Regions 4&5. For scheduling please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Have a great week!

August 30, 2021

Good morning, everyone!

All Schools
As a reminder, the Driver Training Program Office will be closed next Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. Please look for our weekly update on Tuesday of next week. 

Fire inspections are required for all schools. OAC 4501-7, 4501-8, 4501-21, and 4501-54 all require that the place of business comply with all local, state, and federal fire regulations. 

These rules are interpreted to mean that a business is in compliance as long as their local fire department provides in writing their policy with performing the fire inspections. If a business supplies the Driver Training Program Office with written communication from the local fire department on the frequency of the inspection, or the reason they are unable to perform a current inspection, they are in compliance with the associated rule. 

Initial applications are required to have a fire inspection performed no later than one year prior to the date of the application. 

Class D Schools
There are still instructor continuing education opportunities posted to the driver training website. 

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is seeking interested participants in a pilot program that will implement Ohio Revised Code 4507.112, which permits third party organizations to administer the class-D motor vehicle skills test.  If your organization is interested in participating in the pilot program, please email Sydney King at sking@dps.ohio.gov. Additional program details will be provided via e-mail but please note not all interested parties will be identified as participants. Deadline to communicate interest is Monday, September 6, 2021.

As a reminder, if you have any issues with your instructor brakes provided by OS Brake please reach out to them at 800-450-9022 or sales@osbrake.com.

CDL Schools
A  Basic Instructor Course has been posted to the driver training website for September 15, 2021. Please submit your registrations to enroll. 

The last instructor continuing education is being held on September 3rd in Mt. Orab. Registration and information is posted on the driver training website. 

Remedial Schools
Reminder with the approaching renewal period, all remedial instructors are required to have continuing education every five years. This training must be taken or approved by your curriculum provider. Some providers may require continuing education more frequently than five years. 

The Driver Training Program Office is the curriculum provider for JDIP, so if you need JDIP continuing education, please contact our office. 

Have a great week!


August 23, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D Brick and Mortar Schools
As a reminder, the only remaining MVI regional locations are located in Regions 4 & 5. If you have yet to schedule your vehicles for inspection, and you have less than 10 cars and are not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be scheduling for dates in Region 4 & 5. Please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov for available dates and times.

Our office has posted a new continuing education for instructors in Columbus on October 18th. Registrations are limited so please register your instructors as soon as possible. For registration and information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. Additionally, as a reminder all Training Managers are required to take Training Manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to register for instructor continuing education. Please contact our office if you are a Training Manager in need of continuing education this year and we will work with you on possible courses.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is revisiting the Virtual Driving Assessment system (VDAs) project. We are working to determine the path forward with the VDAs and need your honest feedback. Each school's Authorizing Official either will receive a link, or already has received a link by email to complete an online survey. It is imperative we have responses no later than end of business on Thursday, August 26th. Your input will provide insight into your position with the VDAs and the potential or current impact upon your business and your students. We appreciate your time and interest with this feedback. 

All Schools
We have received word from several instructors and schools that BCI is currently experiencing quite a long backlog for state background checks. A contact in the BCI&I office was gracious enough to provide us with this email if you are having troubles: IdentQA@OhioAGO.gov. Unfortunately they were not able to advise our office when their phone system would be back up and running.

Rules Updates
Our office is in the process of working on reviewing several chapters of our rules. Below is a status update on each chapter that is due:

  • 4501-7 has not yet been filed; they are temporarily on hold while final decisions are being made. 
  • 4501-21 will be filed within the next month with the Common Sense Initiative Office. Driver Training met with stakeholders last Friday to assist with the finalization of the drafted rules. 
  • 4501-8 is due this year.

The department will be reaching out to stakeholders soon to start working on these rules. 

As always thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 16, 2021

Good morning all! Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Our office is now under the guidance of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. As a part of this office we have new materials available for order for driving schools. Please see the materials order form from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to order some new materials.

Additionally, please take the time to sign up to receive the Ohio Traffic Safety Office's newsletter, Trafficwise, if you have not done so already. To sign up email TrafficSafety@info.dps.ohio.gov to register. The newsletter is full of great Driver Safety information and resources.

Class D Schools
As the vehicle inspection period is ramping up our field staff would like to make you aware of some common violations that are being found during your annual vehicle inspections to help you prepare. These include: Lights (license plate lights, third brake lights, and back up lights), Student Driver Signs (do not meet minimum or maximum requirements for height), and color contrast issues with Student Driver signs (your sign must be a contrasting color to your vehicle).

CDL Schools
As a reminder, all students being credited with behind the wheel time are required to complete a pre-trip inspection each day. OAC 4501-7-28 (H) states, "...Each student driver, with the assistance of the instructor, shall do at least one pre-trip inspection during each day of on-the-road training." This means the training cards should reflect Pre-Trip every time behind the wheel is recorded. 

Additionally, this flyer has information pertaining to FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration process for student drivers in training programs.

Thank you for helping to keep Ohio's roadways safer!


August 9, 2021

Good morning everyone! Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder, if you are currently registered for a continuing education course with our office, and you are unable to attend, inform our office as soon as possible. With the COVID pandemic we are limited on participation at our locations and have waiting lists. Additionally, if you do not receive an email confirmation of your registration, at least one week prior to the scheduled course, then you are not registered. If this is the case, you will not be able to attend. You will be turned away if you show up.

All Schools
The Driver Training Program Office has once again changed agencies. We are no longer under the scope of the Ohio State Highway Patrol office and are now instead under the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. With this change comes a change in how all new users will need to register to use the Public Safety Training Campus. This is for new users only. If you already have an account, this has been changed for you already. Under the attached new form you will see a box marked as "OTSO", please use this code when registering your instructors and authorizing officials for new accounts on the Training Campus.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

August 2, 2021

Good morning all!

Class D Schools
As a reminder, the final set of MVI Regional inspection locations are fast approaching. If your school has less than ten cars and is not scheduled for a program review this year, you should be attending these regional inspection sites. For scheduling please email Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 26, 2021

Good morning all!

All Schools
Please be advised that Valerie Wald will be out of the office and unavailable until July 30, 2021. If you need immediate assistance please contact the office at 614-466-3524 or drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Additionally, please be advised that there will be limited phone coverage on Monday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 27th with our staff in training. Please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Class D Schools
A new Training Manager continuing education course has been posted to the Driver Training website for August 30th in Geneva, OH. Please visit the website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for registration and information.

CDL Schools
Please be advised that we are currently at low enrollment for the CDL Training Manager course on August 20th. If we do not receive at least two more registrations we will not be able to hold this course. For more information please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Information.

As always thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 19, 2021

Good morning all!

Here are the updates for the week:

Class D and CDL Schools
As a reminder your vehicle insurance needs to be current at all times in DETS. This helps to ensure when we are entering in inspection information for your vehicles we are able to do so. Please make sure this information is up to date before attending a regional vehicle inspection site as well as before any program reviews.

Class D Schools
As most of you are aware we are currently having a problem with the company OS Brakes' instructor brakes failing or coming unscrewed during vehicle inspections. Attached is a letter with instructions on the proper placement and method of installing the instructor brakes in your vehicles. Please take the time to read this letter and contact OS Brake with any questions regarding installation.

With the end of the extensions under HB 404 our office is becoming aware of issues in fulfilling student contracts within the 6 month time frame. As a reminder, you are required to finish all student contracts within the six month time frame allotted by the rules. Please make sure that your scheduling and student load allows you to operate within the rules. However, if you are aware that your current back log of students will not allow you to finish all contracts within the 6 month window, please contact our office as soon as possible to discuss possible options.

Two new continuing education dates were posted for instructors: September 21st in Cleveland and October 6th in Cincinnati. Please be advised registrations are limited, but both courses are currently posted on the website.

CDL Schools
New concise information has been published by the FMCSA regarding the ELDT requirements and who must meet them under the new guidelines starting February 7, 2022. Please see the below information and share with your instructors and students.

Which drivers are subject to ELDT?
The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish new Federal minimum training standards for entry-level drivers. This includes individuals applying for:

  • A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time
  • An upgrade of an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL
  • A school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time

Beginning February 7, 2022, the ELDT compliance date, drivers must have completed the required entry-level driver training from a provider registered with FMCSA before taking a CDL skills or knowledge test to obtain one of the licenses or endorsements listed above.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CLP holders?

  • Only drivers who obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) on or after the February 7, 2022 compliance date are subject to ELDT regulations for obtaining a CDL.
  • Drivers who currently hold a CLP may obtain a CDL without completing entry-level training, as long as they obtain their CDL before their CLP, or renewed CLP, expires.

How do the ELDT regulations impact current CDL holders?

  • Current CDL holders who apply for an S, P, or H endorsement on or after February 7, 2022 are subject to ELDT requirements for those endorsements.
  • The ELDT requirements for obtaining the S, P, or H endorsements also apply to drivers who obtain their CLP or CDL after February 7, 2022.

How will drivers subject to ELDT find training providers?
Drivers seeking to obtain a Class A or Class B CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement must select a training provider from the public list, which will be live on the Training Provider Registry website later this year. Drivers will contact the training provider and secure their services outside of the Registry.

Please visit the TPR Registry on the FMCSA website, https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov for more information.

A list of current Ohio CDL Schools can also be found using the "Find a Driving School" tool on our website.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


July 12, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

CDL Schools
Reminder: CDL driver training schools cannot be advertising their school on the premises of a testing site, including the third-party testing sites. This does include your instructors, who are also examiners, not being able to wear the trucking school’s logoed clothing while testing students.
4501-7-34 (G) "No driver training enterprise shall solicit or advertise for business at or in the immediate area used by patrons of any office used for conducting driver license examinations. The use of an enterprise's licensed name on its motor vehicles or place of business shall not be construed as advertising or soliciting under this rule."

Class D Schools
Reminder: Any vehicle recently purchased or placed back into service must have an ad-hoc inspection performed by the Training Manager or Authorizing Official of your school before being used for training. The Training Manager or Authorizing Official should use the DTO 0150 form to inspect the vehicle, and within 30 days contact your regional field staff for a state inspection and decal number. All new vehicles need to be entered into DETS prior to the ad-hoc inspection. For more information please see the Vehicle Inspection Policy found here.

All Schools
Reminder: If a vehicle is no longer in use by the enterprise it must be removed from your DETS account as soon as possible. This creates less confusion when the Driver Training Office and field staff are entering in decal information for inspections. This also applies to CDL schools range and road vehicles.

Additionally, please make sure you are periodically checking and updating your instructor lists. We have had several schools lately receive licenses for instructors who are no longer employed with their enterprise.

Please be aware that with the ending of the extensions under HB 404 our automated probationary emails are back up and running. If you currently have an instructor in probation you will receive an automated email one month before the end of the probationary period reminding you to submit assessments for the instructor. If you fail to submit these assessments, and you do not request a probationary extension from our office, the probationary instructor will go into failed probationary status and will need to restart. Please email us as soon as possible with any questions regarding probationary instructors.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

July 6, 2021

Good morning all!

A few updates for the week:

All Schools
The Highway Patrol released a newer version of What to Do If Pulled Over. This new video is available on our public facing website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under School Resources.

CDL Schools
On June 28, 2021, FMCSA updated the Entry-Level Driver Training Provider Registry website to enable training provider registration.  Training providers can visit: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/Provider

When it is fully implemented, the Training Provider Registry will:

  • List training providers who have registered with FMCSA and self-certified that they meet the Federal requirements in the Entry-Level Driver Training (EDLT) final rule.
  • Retain information about which CDL applicants have successfully completed entry-level driver training so that States can verify completion of entry-level driver training prior to administering a CDL skills or knowledge test.

Only training providers that register with FMCSA through the Training Provider Registry, and certify their compliance with Federal and State regulations, will appear on the public list and be able to submit information certifying a driver’s successful completion of training.  The list of registered training providers will be available to the public later this year.

Resources for Training Providers
Training providers can access the following resources on the TPR website:

Resources for Enforcement

The ELDT regulations will improve safety by ensuring that all entry-level drivers receive and successfully complete comprehensive training from a self-certified training provider prior to obtaining a CDL, upgrade, or endorsement.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

June 28, 2021

Good afternoon everyone!

Here are the updates for the week:

All Schools
Final Reminder: If your 2021 renewal has not been completed, all documents must be submitted and approved by June 30th for you to continue operation as of July 1. Additionally, if you have outstanding program review violation documents, or outstanding annual requirements for your instructors (physicals, assessments, and sexual harassment prevention course certificates) these documents must also be submitted by July 1, 2021. 

If you are in need of continuing education in the year 2021, you are not required to complete this requirement before July 1, but rather before the end of the year. All instructors or training managers who took continuing education in 2018 must complete their continuing education requirement before December 31, 2021 to complete their renewal.

Please be advised phone coverage will be limited on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 as we will be out of the office in training. Additionally, the office will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of the holiday.

Online Schools
Online schools are required to submit an annual review of the security measures. This includes either the full security assessment or the attestation of compliance and a security scan.

Security Scan – The security scan is currently handled by the department’s IT Security Operations Group. Our office or IT will reach out to each online company to advise of the needs to schedule the scan. Upon receiving the results of the scan, any vulnerabilities or results that are at a medium level and above will be required to be addressed. The online company, IT, and our office will work together to establish a plan to remediate within a reasonable timeframe. Timeframes are established based upon the types and levels of the results.

Security Assessment or Attestation – the information provided in the forms will be reviewed. Additional information may be required depending upon what is provided. It is vital that the questions are completed entirely and clearly.

Online companies will be contacted and provided directions in advance of the requirement to submit any assessment or attestation. This message is meant to inform online companies of the annual requirements and expectations. It is not intended for online companies to begin submitting items. We will email you once the process begins.

Thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer!

June 21, 2021

Good morning everyone!

All Schools
As a final reminder, all renewals must be submitted and approved before June 30, 2021 so that you may continue operation on July 1. This is only for schools who have not yet completed their 2021 renewal. Please be advised that renewals received on June 30, 2021 will be processed in the order they are received.

Please also be advised that instructor applications and enterprise applications may be delayed over the next two weeks due to renewals taking precedence.

CDL Schools
With the recent updates to Gov. DeWine's health mandates we are able to open up the Basic Instructor Course to allow for more participants. If you would like to register any additional students for next Tuesday's course, please let us know no later than Thursday, June 25, 2021.

Remedial Schools
Proposed rules were published to the bulletin board last week. Our office is requesting feedback on the new rules, as there have been some large changes. Please see the bulletin board post for more information.

Thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


June 14, 2021

Good morning all! A few updates this week:

Online Schools
The law regarding the elimination of enrollment certificates was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2021. However, because this requires a change to the Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7 that will not be finished in time, you are still required to purchase and send student's enrollment certificates. We are currently looking to the fall for this rule to go into effect.
Additionally, there is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is also not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed.

CDL Schools
Another updated version of the behind the wheel training form has been added to our website for your use. We hope the newest version is user friendly. Please visit under Enterprises and Schools to access the new form.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Traffic Safety Office in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are offering resources and information for parents of teen drivers. There is a web page from the Driver Training website that provides parents and teens information on three main areas: Ohio’s licensing requirements; preparing to drive; and driving alone. There is additional information under each of the three sections to assist parents and teens. Feel free to use this site as a resource and to point parents towards research based information as they and their teen move through the licensing process. www.teachyourteentodrive.ohio.gov 
 There is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed or picked up by the student or parent from the enterprise.

Remedial Schools
Two different continuing education courses are currently posted on our website for those who use the National Safety Council or Ohio Excellence for Remedial curriculums. As a reminder, all remedial providers who were due for continuing education in 2020 most attend a continuing education course before July 1 to be able to process your renewal. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov 

All Schools
Reminder: If your renewal has not yet been completed for the 2021 renewal year, all documents must be submitted and approved no later than July 1, 2021. If your renewal is not completed by this date your enterprise will become inactive and cannot operate.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!

CDL ELDT Updates

May 5, 2022

FMCSA Response for a Question asked at Conference in Scottsdale, AZ April 2022

Rich Clemente responded to the following question:

"How long is the completion status of ELDT good for if the student successfully completes the ELDT Theory and BTW? Is the completion of the ELDT program good forever if the student does not obtain their CDL?"

RESPONSE:

Went back and double checked the rule just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, and the regulations say only that the theory and behind the wheel (BTW) training must be completed within one year of each other. Once this training is completed and entered in the Training Provider Registry (TPR), it would not need to be done again even if the individual didn’t get their CDL right away or over a longer time frame. Once only.

Hope this helps, and if you have any further questions, please let me know.

Rich Clemente
FMCSA


April 15, 2022

FMCSA has released a short YouTube video regarding ELDT


March 18, 2022

This update is from the Ohio BMV.

On February 27th, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OHBMV) finalized the creation of the Commercial Trucking & Driver Testing Office. This new Office has been formed from several existing areas of the OHBMV – International Registration Plan (IRP), Driver Examination Services, and Motorcycle Ohio. This new Office will focus on providing improved service to the commercial trucking industry, which includes serving a growing demand for commercial drivers, as well as managing anticipated expansion of driver testing options for all Ohioans beginning later this year.

One of the first accomplishments of the Commercial Trucking & Driver Testing Office was the selection of Mr. Kip King, for the CDL Examination Program Administrator/CDL Coordinator position (formally held by Nancy McMullen).

Kip will be OHBMV’s primary point of communication for CDL Examination inquiries for our CDL Training School, and CDL 3 Party Examination, Partners. Questions from our Partners may be sent directly via email to ohbmvexam@dps.ohio.gov, or by leaving a message for him at 614.644.1374. It is the expectation that you will receive a response within 3 business days.

Inquiries from students and applicants should still be directed to their exam location of choice, and not to the email, and phone number, provided above. This will help prioritize your inquiries made via these methods.

If you would like to be added to OHBMV’s Examination email communication list, send an email to ohbmvexam@dps.ohio.gov with “Add to Email List” in the subject line. This email list is one of our Office’s newly developed communication tool to help share information with our Partners.


February 25, 2022

Students being entered on the TPR website will need two separate entries. One for the theory; one for the behind-the-wheel. Please see the attached certification information.


February 3, 2022

Reminder: The FMCSA ELDT regulations go into effect February 7, 2022. Thank you all for being proactive and registering early. Our rules will be filed soon and we will advise when that is completed. Another announcement will be sent out along with the proposed rules and information being posted to our News & Information website.

Updated Guidance from FMCSA

FMCSA has added new Q&As to the public frequently asked questions on the Training Provider Registry. You can view these at the links below.

No. The ELDT regulations do not require ELDT to occur in a CMV equipped with a manual transmission. The regulations state that drivers need to train on manual transmissions only “if appropriate,” i.e., when the driver-trainee expects to operate a manual transmission CMV after obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) and is being trained in a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission.

Yes. If an individual successfully completes the entry-level driver training required for the Class A CDL, they are eligible to take the skills test for the Class B CDL, as well as the Class A CDL.

FMCSA has also updated the SDLA FAQs document to include the following.

How does a State meet the regulatory requirement, as established by 49 CFR 383.73(p), to notify FMCSA that a training provider conducting training in their State does not meet applicable State requirements for CMV instruction?

While States are not required to actively investigate training providers, when a State does become aware that a training provider conducting training in their State does not meet applicable State requirements for CMV instruction, the State will notify FMCSA by sending an email to their FMCSA State Program Specialist


December 8, 2021

Does your training program meet the ELDT curricula requirements?

The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations establish the topics and information that must be covered in an entry-level driver training program. When registering in the Training Provider Registry, providers are self-certifying that they meet all ELDT requirements, including the requirements for training curricula outlined in 49 CFR part 380 appendices A through E.

To assist you in verifying that you meet these requirements, FMCSA has developed the following materials.

ELDT Curricula Summary

This guide summarizes all the training topics drivers must complete for each license or endorsement type covered by the ELDT regulations.

Download the ELDT Minimum Federal Curricula Requirements.

Training Provider Registry FAQs

FMCSA has posted a number of responses to frequently asked questions on various topics on the Training Provider Registry website. FAQs on curricula include questions about using materials provided by a third party, splitting behind-the-wheel and theory trainings between two providers, meeting State requirements, and more.

Read the frequently asked questions on curricula requirements.

Registration reminder

February 7, 2022 is fast approaching. Any entity that intends to provide entry-level driver training on or after this ELDT compliance date must register in the Training Provider Registry. Registration is now open.


November 5, 2021

Get Access Credentials for TPR Web Service

Training providers may choose to set up a direct connection to submit driver training certification information directly from their IT system to the Training Provider Registry via the TPR Web Service. This web service is optional—all registered training providers will be able to submit information using a future enhancement in the Training Provider Portal. This feature will be added by February 7, 2022.

Providers who plan to set up a direct web interface to the TPR Web Service must use certain access credentials. These credentials are now available to registered training providers.

To download your access credentials:

  1. Register on the Training Provider Registry, if you have not already done so. Download the Training Provider Registration Guide for instructions.
  2. Log in to your Training Provider Portal and go to the "Manage Access" tab.
  3. Click the Generate Credentials button. Follow the prompts to generate and save your credentials

Make sure to save these credentials and keep them protected as you would an account password. FMCSA will not retain your credentials in the TPR system. If you lose them, you will need to generate new credentials. Instructions on how to use these credentials are in the updated Web Services Development Handbook for Training Providers, which is available on the Developer's Toolkit page on the Training Provider Registry website.

Early Registration Is Open

Any company or organization that plans to provide training to entry-level drivers on or after February 7, 2022 will have to be registered with FMCSA. Early registration is open now. Learn more about training provider requirements and consider starting your registration today.

Register With FMCSA


March 19, 2021

The FMCSA recently held a webinar on March 4, 2021 for training providers to begin preparing for the upcoming ELDT updates. The webinar has been recorded and is available, along with powerpoint slides, to those who were unable to attend. Please access the webinar HERE and the powerpoint slides HERE. Additionally, FMCSA has also created materials to help training providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. A checklist can be found HERE and a curricula summary can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the FMCSA website.


March 4, 2021

Please see the attached documents for the latest ELDT information.


January 25, 2021

Training Provider Registry (TPR) Web Service Testing is now Available from FMCSA for ELDT

Testing services are available by clicking on TPR Registry Developer's Toolkit
Complete instructions are included by clicking on Web Services Handbook
If you have any technical questions click on Contact Us

 

Rules

April 21, 2022

You are invited to offer public comment as outlined in this notice regarding Chapter 4501-8 dealing with abbreviated driver training..

You are receiving this message pursuant to the requirements of stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact (107.54 ORC) on the business community and provide opportunity for interested parties to submit feedback regarding proposed rules.

If you wish to provide comments, please copy the Common Sense Initiative Office, which governs the state’s regulatory process, at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov and rules@dps.ohio.gov on all public comments that you submit. Public comments may be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on May 6, 2022.

Business Impact Analysis

Rule Draft


April 15, 2022

Chapters 4501-7 & 4501-21 Rule Filing Update:
Both chapters have been final filed and will be in effect on May 1, 2022.


April 15, 2022

Chapter 4501-7, which addresses online, Class D, Disability, and CDL programs was final filed this week. The rules will go into effect on May 1, 2022. Attached are the final versions. The clean versions will be updated on the Legislative Service Commission's and the driver training rules website by May 1st. In the meantime, please refer to the attached documents for the latest updates.

There have been some big changes, such as the organization of the rules. The CDL rules have been incorporated back into the same rules as Class D, Online, and Disability. Make sure to read the rules carefully to identify what pertains to your program. We realize this may be confusing as we work through this.

All schools need to read the rule 4501-7-39 which addresses incorporated references. The incorporated references are forms that are required to be used. Some have been updated, this includes the new CDL Curriculum Guide, the Ohio Driver Training Curriculum, the online security assessment, and a few others.

Direct any question to our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


April 15, 2022

Hello Everyone!

Chapter 4501-21, which addresses all remedial programs (juvenile remedial, Advanced JDIP, Adult Remedial, and the new Adult Remedial Online option) was final filed this week. The rules will go into effect on May 1, 2022. Attached are the final versions. The clean versions will be updated on the Legislative Service Commission's and the driver training rules website by May 1st. In the meantime, please refer to the attached documents for the latest updates. A couple things to note**

  1. The attachment labeled 'NC' are rules with No Changes.
  2. Also, attached are the minimum standards for online adult remedial. Any provider submitting an online proposal is required to meet the rules and the minimum standards.

Direct any questions to the Driver Training Program Office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

 

Program Announcements

April 29, 2022

CDL Schools:

Thank you for those who attended the CDL Open Forum. There was discussion on DETS not currently being able to accommodate the following:

  • Two new programs at the school level, Passenger and School Bus,
  • The new restricted type of CDL Instructor (Classroom only, Range only, or combination); and
  • Issuing certificates to students for the Passenger or School bus only programs.

We are going to be using a Plan B to accommodate the gaps.

Applications:
For the application process for instructors and schools adding the programs and modifying the restricted instructor type, the hard copy application process will be used along with the applicable cover letter.

  • Instructors use application DTO0115 Driver Training Instructor License Application with the applicable cover letter
  • Enterprises adding School Endorsements use application DTO0116 Driver Training Enterprise Application with the applicable cover letter

Certificates:
We will be using the archaic method for certificates issued to students who need Passenger or School Bus. Please use the attached order form and email it to our office at drivertraining.ohio.gov. Our office will mail out the certificate templates for your school to use.

These are temporary processes. Once DETS is updated, these processes will be electronic. We will be tracking and handling the changes outside the system in the meantime. When DETS is updated, we will make the changes within the system at that time. Thank you for your patience while we work through updating the system.

 

General Information

Schools who would like to teach virtual classes must be pre-approved by the Driver Training Program Office. You can submit a proposal to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. That proposal shall include the following information:

  1. The mandatory hours of instruction are provided;
  2. The curriculum, as set forth in the applicable rules, is covered entirely;
  3. Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, quizzes, power point presentations, etc.);
  4. The hours of video and media is covered, as per the applicable rules;
  5. Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  6. The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor, as stated in the program's applicable rules;
  7. Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  8. Attendance is documented as required by the rules.

The CDL vehicle inspection policy has some recent updates. The following, at a minimum, has been updated:

  • Added the DTO 0142 must be provided in duplicate during the vehicle inspections
  • Bolded the section regarding the Motor Vehicle Inspection list is part of the renewal
  • Added in Tracy Williams contact for scheduling range-only vehicles;
  • Clarified the decals to say CVSA decals are issued by the Highway Patrol
  • Added for schools to identify the number of vehicles needing inspected when scheduling with the Highway Patrol

Read the policy and maintain for reference. Please share the information with anyone affected.


Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Roundtable Meetings

The Driver Training Program Office will host virtual quarterly roundtable meetings for groups of driver training communities. Discussions will include updates from the office and other pre-disclosed topics affecting the group.

  • These meetings are open to everyone, however they are not counted as continuing education. To receive an invite, each attendee shall register no later than two weeks before the meeting date.
  • If there are topics of discussion any attendee would like to include, the topics need to be provided two weeks before the meeting date as the agenda will go out with the invites.

Upcoming Roundtables

Past Meeting Minutes